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[thawt-fuh l] /ˈθɔt fəl/
showing consideration for others; considerate.
characterized by or manifesting careful thought:
a thoughtful essay.
occupied with or given to thought; contemplative; meditative; reflective:
in a thoughtful mood.
careful, heedful, or mindful:
to be thoughtful of one's safety.
Origin of thoughtful
1150-1200; Middle English; see thought1, -ful
Related forms
thoughtfully, adverb
thoughtfulness, noun
overthoughtful, adjective
overthoughtfully, adverb
overthoughtfulness, noun
unthoughtful, adjective
unthoughtfully, adverb
unthoughtfulness, noun
1. attentive, solicitous. Thoughtful, considerate mean taking thought for the comfort and the good of others. Thoughtful implies providing little attentions, offering services, or in some way looking out for the comfort or welfare of others: It was thoughtful of you to send the flowers. Considerate implies sparing others annoyance or discomfort, and being careful not to hurt their feelings: not considerate of his family. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for thoughtfulness
  • But what the booklet loses in spirit, it gains in thoughtfulness.
  • She cannot say enough for the kind thoughtfulness of her husband.
  • It will also cheer her up as you will have shown your thoughtfulness when you really don't have to and given her a little humor.
  • Most likely to give a particular action the air of thoughtfulness even though only immediate returns are being considered.
  • Camping for the entire winter away from home requires a bit of thoughtfulness.
  • Ryan is known for bringing deep thoughtfulness and connection to her concerts, as well as warmth and humor.
  • The main courses are perhaps too straightforward, albeit cooked with thoughtfulness and nuance.
  • The question isn't one of likability or pleasantness but of substance and thoughtfulness.
  • The thoughtfulness with which each word was obviously chosen makes me ashamed.
  • Beyond technical precision, you'll find evidence of an almost extreme level of thoughtfulness behind the story of this gathering.
British Dictionary definitions for thoughtfulness


considerate in the treatment of other people
showing careful thought
pensive; reflective
Derived Forms
thoughtfully, adverb
thoughtfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thoughtfulness



c.1200, "contemplative," from thought + -ful. Also in Middle English, "prudent; moody, anxious." Meaning "showing consideration for others" is from 1851 (cf. thoughtless.) Related: Thoughtfully; thoughtfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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